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Hollywood Chinese : the Chinese in American feature films

Author: Arthur E DongTurhan BeyJoan ChenTsai ChinStephen GongAll authors
Publisher: Harriman, NY : DeepFocus Productions, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English : Educational-institutional ed.; 2 disc collector's edView all editions and formats
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Documents the representation and involvement of the Chinese in American cinema from the silent era to the 21st century. While celebrating their contributions to American filmmaking a haunting and telling undercurrent of racism and stereotypes weaves its way in, suggestive of the difficulties that Chinese men and women found working in Hollywood--particularly in the early years. As a historical footnote, Dong also  Read more...
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Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur E Dong; Turhan Bey; Joan Chen; Tsai Chin; Stephen Gong; James Hong; David Henry Hwang; Nancy Kwan; Christopher Lee; Ang Lee; James Leong; Justin Lin; Lisa Lu; Luise Rainer; James Shigeta; Amy Tan; Wayne Wang; B D Wong; Center for Asian American Media.; Deep Focus Productions.
OCLC Number: 730533965
Notes: Originally produced in 2007.
Special features (Disc 1): Movie: "The Curse of Quon Gwon" / Marion Wong (1916, 36 min.) ; Imagining The Curse of Quon Gwon: a visit with the daughters of Violet Wong (9:40) ; image gallery: production stills.
Accompanying study & discussion guide: 2nd ed. Includes filmmaker's statement, "Audience preparation : an exercise," discussion topics and activities, cast biographies, bibliographies, photo captions, and list of errata in DVD.
Credits: Cinematographer, Hiroki Miyano ; editor, Arthur Dong ; music, Mark Adler.
Performer(s): Featuring: Turhan Bey, Joan Chen, Tsai Chin, Stephen Gong, James Hong, David Henry Hwang, Nancy Kwan, Christopher Lee, Ang Lee, James Leong Jr., Justin Lin, Lisa Lu, Luise Rainer, James Shigeta, Amy Tan, Wayne Wang, B.D. Wong.
Description: 2 videodiscs (89 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 study & discussion guide (28 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.)
Details: DVD; Dolby 5.1 or stereo (some clips mono or silent); 16x9 widescreen.
Contents: Disc 1. Movie magic --
Cinematic memories --
Early Chinese images --
Chinatowns --
The Curse of Quon Gwon --
Lotus blossom & Grandview films --
The good earth --
Anna May Wong --
Dragon seed --
Charlie Chan --
Fu Manchu --
Actor's dilemma --
World War II --
James Wong Howe --
Suzie Wong --
The last emperor --
Flower drum song --
Career paths --
Kung Fu --
James Hong --
Chan is missing --
The Joy Luck Club --
M. Butterfly --
The virility card --
Xiu Xiu --
Chinese from Asia --
Better luck tomorrow --
Progress and prospects. Disc 2. Special features (3 hrs, 30 min.): Vingate trailers ; Flower Drum Song world premiere news footage ; Early silents: Scene in a Chinese restaurant (1903, 0:17) --
Scene in San Francisco Chinatown (1900, 00:33) --
"That Chink at Golden Gulch" / director, D.W. Griffith (1910, 14 min.) --
"The heathen Chinese and the Sunday school teachers" (1904, 2:46) ; Soundies: "Chinatown, my Chinatown" (2:43) --
"Where's the chicken in the Chicken chow mein" (2:47) --
"Wise man say" (2:55) ; Gallery of movie memorabilia from pre-1950s films ; interview outtakes with the stars of Hollywood Chinese.
Other Titles: Curse of Quon Gwon.
That Chink at Golden Gulch.
Heathen Chinese and the Sunday school teachers
Chinatown, my Chinatown.
Where's the chicken in the Chicken chow mein.
Wise man say.
Chinese in American feature films
Responsibility: a DeepFocus production ; producer, director, writer, Arthur Dong ; produced in association with the Center for Asian American Media.
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Documents the representation and involvement of the Chinese in American cinema from the silent era to the 21st century. While celebrating their contributions to American filmmaking a haunting and telling undercurrent of racism and stereotypes weaves its way in, suggestive of the difficulties that Chinese men and women found working in Hollywood--particularly in the early years. As a historical footnote, Dong also makes film history by rediscovering and editing in footage from what is alleged to be the first Asian-American film ever made: the 1916 "The Curse of Quon Gwon," directed by Marion Wong.

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